The Detroit Red Wings fell into the Boston Bruins trap in Game Two, which knocked them off their game and Boston took advantage.
The Bruins jumped on Detroit early and capitalized off of a mistake by the Red Wings’ power play, which put Detroit into an early hole.
Jimmy Howard has never been a great puck playing goaltender, but in Game One he made two impressive plays. Unfortunately for Detroit, his plays from Game One did not transfer over well to Game Two. To be fair to Howard, his team did not set him up for success on this play.
Brendan Smith was moving up to play the puck, but as Riley Sheahan was heading off the ice he knocked the put backwards and past Smith. Smith was going to move back to play the puck, but saw Howard coming out of his net to play it and moved to the boards. Howard tried to play the puck to Smith on the boards, but the puck hit Smith’s shin and landed on Justin Florek‘s stick.
There was a communication breakdown for the Detroit Red Wings on this play and it cost them an early goal, while giving Boston a momentum boost.
Despite the large amount of negatives in this game, there were still some positives for Detroit.
The first one being, Luke Glendening‘s first NHL Playoff goal and Detroit’s only goal of the game.
Darren Helm made a great move on Iginla to get a better shot on net and shot the puck low on Rask for a rebound opportunity. The rebound came off Rash and because Glendening crashed the net and was rewarded with a goal.
Glendening was not the only Detroit Red Wing to skate directly to the net to screen Rask or look for a rebound, but it was not a common occurrence for Detroit in Game Two.
Another good aspect of the game for the Red Wings is they showed Boston they are not afraid to be physical and get into a scrum with Boston’s big players. It ended up playing n Boston’s favor in Game Two, but it could work out for Detroit in the long run.
It might not have been the most even fight, although Chara is not a great fighter and Smith might have had a decent chance, but just seeing Smith and the Red Wings step up to the “big bad Bruins” is a positive for Detroit.
They will have to be more composed in Game Three and cut out the shenanigans after the whistle, but keep playing strong between the whistles.
Detroit needed to split the games in Boston and they achieved it, they have a lot to do to recover from the Game Two loss.
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